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We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

Lecture: Looking Forward, Looking Back: History and Meaning in Hale Woodruff’s Talladega Murals

Lecture: Looking Forward, Looking Back: History and Meaning in Hale Woodruff’s Talladega Murals

August 26, 2015

Join us for a lecture with the High Museum of Art’s Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art Stephanie Heydt, Ph.D., who will discuss the historical context and meaning found within Hale Woodruff’s murals.

Dr. Heydt joined the High Museum of Art in 2009. Before coming to the High, Stephanie was curator of collections at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Largo, Florida, and Research Associate in the American Art Department at the Harvard University Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Heydt received her Masters of Arts in Art History from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University. From 1995 until 2001 Stephanie worked in the Education and Curatorial departments at the Terra Museum of American Art (now the Terra Foundation for American Art) in Chicago. She has contributed to and authored numerous exhibition catalogues, including Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College and Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and essay contributions for collection catalogues for the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, the American Art Department at the Fogg Art Museum, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

ArtBreak: Hale Woodruff: Two Perspectives

ArtBreak: Hale Woodruff: Two Perspectives

August 25, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Professor Emeritus at Talladega College Arthur Bacon, Ph.D., and Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries’ Tina Dunkley, who will lead a discussion on Hale Woodruff, both his life and his work.

Slow Art Sunday: Woman in a Green Coat

August 23, 2015

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Julia Stork will lead a discussion on Betty Grisham’s Woman in a Green Coat.

Lecture: When the Mountaintop Ain't Flat: Visualizing Black Folks in the Post-Civil Rights South

Lecture: When the Mountaintop Ain’t Flat: Visualizing Black Folks in the Post-Civil Rights South

August 22, 2015

Contemporary representations of (Black) southernness are often pushed to the side in favor of more easily recognizable historical periods of the American South (i.e. the Antebellum, Jim Crow, and Civil Rights eras). Southern popular culture, in particular southern hip hop, is prime space for interrogating how articulations of Southern identity have changed. This talk explores how southern hip hop culture and its accompanying visual aesthetics help document race and agency in the Post-Civil Rights South.

Regina N. Bradley is Assistant Professor of African American Literature at Armstrong State University. She is also a recipient of the Nasir Jones HipHop Fellowship at Harvard University (Spring 2016). Dr. Bradley earned her doctorate in African American Literature from Florida State University, a Masters in African American and African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University Bloomington, and is a third generation graduate from the Unsinkable Albany State University (GA). She writes about post-Civil Rights African American literature, the contemporary Black American South, pop culture, race and sound, and Hip Hop. Dr. Bradley is currently working on her first book tentatively titled Chronicling Stankonia: Recognizing America’s Hip Hop South, a project that uses hip hop to update the framework for understanding the post-Civil Rights American South. She is also the founder and host of Outkasted Conversations, a critically acclaimed dialogue series that explores the impact of hip hop duo Outkast on popular culture. Known on social media as Red Clay Scholar, a nod to her Georgia upbringing, Dr. Bradley’s work is featured at www.redclayscholar.com.

Festival: Hip-Hop And You Don't Stop

Festival: Hip-Hop And You Don’t Stop

August 22, 2015

Inspired by a work from its current exhibition, Black Like Who?: Exploring Race and Representation, the BMA is pleased to present “Hip-Hop You Don’t Stop,” a daylong celebration of the history and power of hip-hop music.

Noon-1PM: Hip Hop Dance Lesson and Demonstration
1PM– 2PM: DJ Supreme Spins an “Evolution of Hip-Hop”
1:30PM– 2PM: Story Time Hip and Hop, Don’t Stop
2PM: Lecture by Regina Bradley, Ph.D.: When the Mountaintop Ain’t Flat: Visualizing Black Folks in the Post-Civil Rights South
3PM -4PM: Style Wars film screening

Ongoing:

Music provided by Lobotomix
Art activities for all ages
Docent-Led Teen and Young Adult Tours
Two Brand New Scavenger Hunts
Food Trucks from Magic City Sweet Ice, Cantina on Wheels, and Off the Hook

BMA Speaks to Birmingham: Black Like Who?

BMA Speaks to Birmingham: Black Like Who?

August 21, 2015

BMA Speaks gets a facelift! Join us for a new format including poetry, spoken word, hot topics, and guest speakers. Each program will highlight a specific work of art from the Museum’s collection or special exhibition that relates to a current topic.

This month, hosts Sharrif Simmons and Max Rykov will focus on a work from the exhibition Black Like Who?. Cash bar will be available.

ArtBreak: Alabama Murals: Inspiration, Creation, and Continuation

August 18, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Associate Curator of Education Suzy Harris and Artist-in-Residence Toby H. Richards, who will lead a discussion on Alabama murals that the Museum has helped create throughout our community.

Slow Art Sunday: Doge Leonardo Loredan

Slow Art Sunday: Doge Leonardo Loredan

August 16, 2015

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on the circle of Danese Cattaneo’s Doge Leonardo Loredan.

Painting in Watercolor: Workshop for Adults

August 15, 2015

Bring your lunch for one-hour lunch break (noon-1pm)

Join Cynthia Massey Parsons for a comprehensive painting in watercolor workshop. Parsons is a Signature Member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama, and she has taught numerous watercolor painting classes and workshops. Bring your supplies and plan on an informative, fun, and exciting day of painting and color theory.

Ages 15 and up, beginners to advanced, are all welcome!

Art On The Rocks

Art On The Rocks

August 14, 2015

The Birmingham Museum of Art’s popular summer series Art On The Rocks, presented by Dale’s Seasoning, is back for its 11th season! Featuring the best of Birmingham culture, Art On The Rocks collaborates with local artists, downtown businesses, and breakthrough musical guests to offer three Friday nights of art, performances, giveaways, food, and drinks.

August 14: Clear Plastic Masks

Formed in New York City in 2011, Clear Plastic Masks quite literally have honed a world of influence into sharp, tight, nostalgic rock n’ roll that is at once bone-deep familiar and not like anything else you’ve heard. The story starts where every good story does, in a dive bar where lead vocalist and guitarist Andrew Katz, born and raised on theatre in Detroit, met Dominican Republic-born drummer Charles Garmendia. Despite upbringings half a world apart, the two forged a fast friendship centered on a collective love of music. Soon enough, toiling around Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, they met guitarist/keyboard player Matt Menold and bassist Eduardo DuQuesne. What began as simply four unlikely friends hanging out trying to make their way in one of the toughest cities on earth eventually evolved into an informal jam session where, without planning, they discovered a surprising sound.

Click here to buy tickets for August.

Check back soon for more details about August’s schedule of events and special guests!

ArtBreak: Prints from the Green Collection

August 11, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D., who will lead a discussion on prints from the Green collection.

Slow Art Sunday: Builders No. 1

Slow Art Sunday: Builders No. 1

August 9, 2015

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Marlene Wallace will lead a discussion on Jacob Lawrence’s Builder’s No. 1.